Published on Friday, November 17, 2017

Snowfall in the Alps

Snow in the Alps has allowed more resorts to open this week. Here's the latest snow report from the Ski Club.

After a weekend of heavy snowfall, sun has graced the Alps, leading to excellent riding conditions, best once again in the Austrian glaciers. A number of new resorts have opened, with several more joining them this weekend, in time for a new storm. This is currently forecast to begin falling principally on the western and northern Alps across Austria, Germany and western Switzerland, while the northern French resorts may receive light coverage on Sunday.

The conditions in North America are more varied, while our Canadian resorts are experiencing consistent, though light snowfall, the USA is more varied. The New England resorts are experiencing good snowfall, while those in Colorado are somewhat lacking for now, in some cases impacting scheduled resort openings. 

Based on current weather forecasts for the next nine days, the top three resorts for expected snowfall are:

Sochi, Russia, 160cm
Berchtesgaden, Germany, 159cm
Filzmoos, Austria, 154cm

Our Austrian resorts are once again offering some of the best skiing across the Alps, today with clear sunny conditions and no winds providing the opportunity to enjoy the weekend's snowfalls. Resorts like Solden (5/180cm) and Pitztal (130cm) are offering the crème of the crop, with the former offering 60km of pistes from 16 lifts, while new resorts including Obergurgl (45/150cm) are opening today. Austria is once again forecast significant snowfall over the weekend, with substantial amounts starting Sunday, continuing heavily Monday and continuing at a lighter rate throughout the week, with the potential for anything up to 100cm to fall across the higher elevations over all of Austria.

While Tignes (35/80cm) remains our only open French resort, a number are joining it with opening days this weekend, including Val Thorens (60/80cm) which already has an impressive base. Unfortunately much of the French Alps is not predicted to benefit from the forecast snow this weekend, with the only exception being northern Alpine resorts around Portes du Soleil and Chamonix area, though these resorts are not yet open.

Similarly to Italy, the weather forecast for the next 2 days is sunny, with light clouds to provide great skiing conditions. Engelberg (20cm/200cm) already has a solid base of 200cm for the winter season which is quickly approaching. A number of resorts will be opening over the next few days, which include: Alboden, Davos, and Arosa. There is a lot of snow forecast for Sunday in the Swiss resorts. Notably large snowfalls are forecast for Davos and Films/Laax (7cm/100cm) which are both predicting 48cm of fresh snow, while Arosa is also predicting 40cm on Sunday.

Following the recent extreme conditions in the earlier part of the week, it has completely changed. Glorious sunny weather seems to be the common theme across all the resorts. Val Senales (20cm/100cm) is experiencing great conditions, thanks to the most recent snowfall. The sunny weather is set to continue for the rest of the week and going into the weekend. The next snowfall in the Italian ski resorts is forecast for Sunday going into Monday, which should hopefully lead to more resort opening as we head into the start of the winter season.

There is currently no skiing at any of our featured Andorran resorts.

As opposed to the rest of Europe, the Scandinavian resorts haven't had as much luck with snow as of yet. Lillehammer (50cm) is the only resort at the moment which has a relatively good snow depth for this time of year. Over the next couple of days more snow is forecast in Ruka (40cm). Additionally snow is forecast in the Norwegian resorts of Geilo Trysil (10cm) and Opddal, which are yet to open, but with this additional snow, they may open quicker.

There is currently no skiing at any of our featured German resorts.

There is currently no skiing at any of our featured Eastern European resorts.

There is currently no skiing at any of our featured Scottish resorts.

Our East Coast resorts experienced snowfall on the 16th November, where Killington (31/36cm) and Mount snow (31cm) had a light dusting of around 5cm, while Sunday River (41cm) was forecast to receive up to a welcome 15cm to supplement their as of let limited artificial base. Unfortunately no further substantial snow is forecast, with variable conditions forecast even within the relatively tightly bunched New England resorts.

It was a sunny day in our open Colorado resorts, with sunny skies across Arapahoe Basin (45cm), Breckenridge (46cm), Copper Mountain (46ccm), Keystone (46cm) and Loveland (45cm).Elsewhere, these dry and warm conditions in Colorado have forced Vail to push back their opening day until the 23rd November. Luckily, moderate to substantial snow is forecast to fall on Friday 17th November, with the most southerly resorts of Breckenridge and Copper Mountain benefitting most.
In California, Heavy snow is falling over the recently opened Mammoth (25/35cm) with up to 50cm predicted to fall today and tonight, though giving way to clear skies heading into the weekend.

It is snowing almost uniformly across our Canadian resorts, and looks likely to continue to for a number of days. Each of the three Banff resorts experienced light snow on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the potential for more to fall today. Conditions are similar with Marmot Basin (57cm). Light snowfall is forecast to continue over the coming days, increasing in intensity on Sunday, with Whister forecast for the largest fall, just in time for its opening weekend.

There is currently no skiing at any of our featured Japanese resorts.


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